Leroy Allen Carsrud
May 30, 1949 ~ April 22, 2012
Funeral services will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Swedona Covenant Church, rural Brandon, with Pastor David Stene officiating. Interment will follow at the Swedona Covenant Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will begin at 3 pm, Friday, April 27, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, until 7 pm. Family will be present from 5 until 7 pm.
Leroy Allan Carsrud was born May 30, 1949, in Sioux Falls, SD. He was adopted by his parents, Walter and Ellen (Nordstrom) Carsrud of Brandon and was raised on the farm outside of Brandon. He graduated from Brandon High School in 1967 and enlisted in the US Navy in 1968. He served in Viet Nam and continued on for 20 years. He was stationed in several countries including Okinawa, Japan, and Guam. Leroy was also commemorated with sailing over the equator during his service. On April 27, 1971, Leroy married Chiko Komine while stationed in Okinawa. They had two sons, Dana and Aaron, while traveling the world. Upon retiring in 1988, Leroy continued to work privately on airplanes as a mechanic in Guam. In 1992, he moved back to South Dakota and began working in Sioux Falls at Hutchinson Tech and then in 1996, he and Chiko, moved to Canton, SD. Leroy began working for Coilcraft in Hawarden, IA, manufacturing machines that made transistors for cell phones.
Leroy was a musician. He was known to play the congas and a trumpet in different bands. Leroy was also a diehard Nascar fan and collected anything and everything he found, especially Dale Earnhardt Jr. material.
Sadly, Leroy, 62, residing in Canton, SD, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Leroy is survived by his wife, Chiko, two sons; Dana, Seattle, WA and Aaron (Glenda) of Minot, ND, one granddaughter; Kristen, one sister; Cheryl (Richard) Erickson Brandon, and many nieces and nephews.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents.